(8/10) Pallbearer, hailing from Little Rock, Arkansas, releases their third album these days. What began in 2012 with the debut found its continuation in 2014 with an album entitled “Foundation of Burden”. After having had some successes with the second longplayer, it’s “Heartless” that stands for the next strike of the US-quartet.
Cover, title and music on "Heartless" goes hand in hand. Pallbearer's songs are reflective, hard as a rock and spread the black mood of being trapped in stony monolith, unable to move.
The seven songs on this longplayer deliver 60 minutes of music that's classified as doom metal. Indeed, Pallbearer uses a lower tempo and comes with long songs, but their music includes more. There are the clear vocals of singer Bratt Campbell that builds a well-done contrast to the harsh guitar riffs. Pallbearer combines doom with some Paradise Lost in the “Shades of God” days ("Thorns") and an epic expression that reminded me of bands like While Heaven Wept. Doom metal, classic rock and some progressive structures – all this comes together in an epic way on “Heartless”.
If you want to explore the full width of Pallbearer’s over you should at least listen to the closer "A Plea for Understanding" which is an epic tune that takes you on a twelve minute journey. More silent sections are leading to almost fragile acoustic moments before the tune builds up again to a atmospheric metal track that has a lot of feel embedded in each note.
"Heartless" is a positive surprise, filled with great songs that got a good production too. "Heartless" aims right for your heart. The longplayer could feel a bit lengthy the first time but you have to give the songs the time to unveil their entire melancholic beauty. Thumbs up.
- I Saw the End
- Lie of Survival
- Dancing in Madness
- Cruel Road
- A Plea for Understanding
Label: Nuclear Blast
Genre: Epic Doom Metal
Release Date EU: March 24th, 2017